100 come together for support
UPDATED: Nov. 29: The "black lives matter" banner outside Arlington's First Parish was defaced again, this time on Thanksgiving.
Lori Kenschaft, the clerk at First Parish, said that on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 26, someone used black electrical tape and a piece of poster board to cover up the word "Black" on the banner with a much larger "All."
Then, at some point, Friday night or Saturday morning, the banner was again defaced, as someone had drawn a rude crossmark through "BLACK" and had written "All" abone it. A First Parish member spotted it and removed the "All," with no harm done to the banner.
The Thanksgiving Day act was reminiscent of the vandalism this month in which black tape was placed over the pictures of black professors at Harvard Law School.
Kenschaft said she understands that three Arlington congregations have decided to put up "black lives matter" banners of their own: Calvary United Methodist Church, Church of Our Saviour (Episcopalian) and the Park Avenue Congregational Church.
More than 100 people from four Arlington congregations, plus other members of the broader community, came together for a shared "blessing of the banners" outside First Parish Arlington at noon Sunday, Nov. 29, before others left to mount or unveil their own banners at the three other churches.
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The task force created for town and school officials to analyze issues related to needs for school-enrollment space and to make recommendations to meet these needs has scheduled its first meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, in the Lyon’s Hearing Room, second floor, Town Hall.
The listed agenda:
1.) Discussion: Goals of Task Force and Background Information
a.) McKibben Enrollment Forecast
b.) HMFH/Lori Cowles Space Planning Report
a.) Short Term – Special Town Meeting in January
b.) Long Term – Spring Town Meeting and Beyond
3.) Future meeting dates
UPDATED, Nov. 28: With an interception in the final minute, the Arlington Spy Ponder football team held off a persistent drive by Arlington Catholic to win the turkey day classic, 14-6.
Defense had the upper hand pm Thursday, Nov. 26, before a large crowd at Pierce Field, but quarterbacks of both sides -- AC's Chris Rosati and AHS's Alec Coleman -- stood out.
AC scored with seconds left in the half following a 97-yard drive as Rosati hit senior Jack Ryan with a 15-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-10. The extra point was muffed, and Arlington led, 7-6.
The Cougars nearly took the lead in the third quarter, but a 22-yard field goal try was wide.
AHS scored again with nearly 6 minutes left when Coleman, who had returned after missing the previous month with an injured shoulder, ran for a 30-yard touchdown, shown in photo by Laurie Foran. Clark Ewen's kick made it 14-6.
For the season, the Ponders ended their three-game losing streak, coming in at 6-5, and the Cougars fells to 2-9.
Following rules could win you a raffle ticket
Katie Kozikowski, Arlington's animal-control officer, reports a fresh idea to remind pet owners of their duties -- reward those who follow town canine bylaws, in contrast to punishing those who ignore the rules.
This effort is underway as the town's Park & Recreation Commission deals with issues at Menotomy Rocks Park. Read a summary of the November Town Hall hearing, which YourArlington reported exclusively, here >>
In a column published in a newsletter from A-DOG, a group of pet supporters in town, Kozikowski writes, with humor: "So here's the [pooper] scoop .... There will be a few people around town who carry raffle tickets with them."
If you get "caught" following the leash law or helping out in other ways by one of these ticket holders, you will receive one of these raffle tickets.
She offers examples: leashing your dog after off-leash hours and in the appropriate areas, picking up after your dog, assisting someone with finding their dog, picking up after other people's pets or even helping out wildlife, in a 100-percent safe manner.
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The developer of the Mugar project in East Arlington has submitted its documents to MassHousing, and town officials are waiting to see whether the state agency decides that the 219 units of housing near Route 2 can take the 40B route.
The process has continued since June.
Disagreements between Arlington officials and the developer of the site continued, as the town has sent its latest response to MassHousing on Oct. 6.
Asked when the agency might decide, Eric W. Gedstad, communications director for MassHousing, wrote Oct. 8: "Once we receive the remaining documentation from the applicant, we estimate that we will have a decision on whether or not to grant project eligibility within two weeks."
The selectmen's office received notice of final documents Nov. 18. Two weeks from then would be Wednesday, Dec. 2.
But note that, in response to a follow-up from YourArlington, MassHousing spokesman Thomas J. Farmer wrote Oct. 27: "[W]e anticipate getting all the information we need for the Mugar proposal in the near future and then we will be able to complete the review process. I don’t want to put a time frame on it but we are not anticipating an extended period of time to complete the review."
The teenage actors of Arlington Children’s Theatre are getting ready to perform "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" at the Arlington Center for the Arts on Dec. 10, 12 and 13.
The show features a talented ensemble cast of ACTors, ages 13 to 17, from Arlington, Belmont, Lexington, Malden, Medford and Somerville.
The show provides a break from the annual holiday shows offered by the professional performing arts companies in the Boston area. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" is about a charming rogue who arranges to serve his prison time in a mental institution and once there, realizes his fellow patients are not insane -- they just don’t behave like everyone else.
He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet. While he pays a big price for the rebellion he leads, the seeds of change have been sown.
For the first time since 2012, the Arlington High School varsity girls’ cross country team finished its season with a winning record.
Led by head coach Meagan Bassett, Arlington defeated Wilmington, Reading, Winchester and Melrose in Middlesex League action. The Spy Ponders built speed and strength over the course of the season and ended 2015 with a solid eighth-place finish at the MIAA Eastern Divisional Meet on Nov. 14.
As a quick tune-up before divisionals, the Spy Ponders ran the Coaches' Invitational on Nov. 7.
The value of art has always been in the eye of the beholder, and so it was for selectmen Monday, Nov. 23.
With the Mass. Ave. project in East Arlington substantially complete, Capitol Square is looking to substantiate its brand around the Capitol Theatre with some striking banners.
In a 4-1 vote, the board agreed, but not before commenting.
Artbeat'sJan Whitted and graphic artist Nilou Moochhala, who contributed the design, asked the board for a series of seven banners on each side of Mass. Ave. The proposal said the front (as you’re driving or walking) would have a graphic design and the back would have the Capitol Square logo. Six of the proposed images are at right.
The banners would be vinyl banners with a relatively short life (they suggested a year), and they would update them from time to time as needed, always keeping some form of Capitol Square sign in place.
The request was to use 14 of the 38 new lampposts. The goal was to have banners in place before the holidays.